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South Sudan plagued by violence and corruption, says Human Rights Council

Despite numerous allegations of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law, progress in the fight against impunity has been minimal

NEW YORK, United States of America, September 24, 2021 / APO Group / –

South Sudan continues to be “plagued” by violence and corruption, the Human Rights Council said on Thursday, undermining the young nation’s efforts to establish lasting peace and put it on track. sustainable development.

Taking stock of the Geneva forum, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al-Nashif, underlined “staggering levels of localized violence”.

She attributed this to community militias who were responsible for almost all of the killings, injuries, kidnappings and sexual violence between April and June of this year.

Fight against “minimal” impunity

According to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the three-month period saw 585 people killed, 305 injured and thousands forcibly displaced across the country, particularly in Jonglei and the administrative region of Great Pibor.

Despite numerous allegations of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law, progress in the fight against impunity has been minimal, Al-Nashif said, before “strongly” encouraging the government to work in working closely with local leaders to achieve peaceful conflict resolutions.

“Epic” Human Rights Crisis

Also reporting to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, Ms. Yasmin Sooka, stressed that since last March, the human rights situation in the country had deteriorated dramatically and a human rights crisis of “epic” proportions was unfolding in dramatic fashion.

She noted that there had been an increase in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances and torture as well as rape and conflict-related sexual violence.

The government’s intolerance of criticism has also led to a brutal attack on fundamental freedoms and the suppression of dissent, using excessive force against civilians, she said.

According to Ms. Sooka, between June and August this year, more than 100 civilians were killed in an ethnic conflict in Tambura in Western Equatoria. Between 80,000 and 120,000 people have reportedly been displaced by the conflict, with thousands fleeing to neighboring Bahr el Ghazal state and Ezo County.

Aid workers attacked

The president also warned that the humanitarian community in the country is increasingly under attack, leading to the suspension of their activities and the relocation of aid workers.

More than 4.3 million people have been displaced, with nearly 80% of the population living in extreme poverty and more than 7.2 million food insecure, she continued.

Ms. Sooka also pointed out that the UN humanitarian appeal for South Sudan stands at around $ 1.7 billion, less than half of which has been pledged by the international community. South Sudan was ranked seventh among 8 countries in the world with the worst humanitarian crises, she said.

$ 73 million taken

Ms. Sooka also said that the country’s leaders continued to embezzle “huge sums … from (the country’s) public coffers”.

The result has been to violate human rights and endanger the security of people in the country.

According to investigations carried out by the Commission over the past two years, more than $ 73 million has been embezzled since 2018. It also noted that this figure is only a fraction of the overall amount looted, Sudan’s ruling elites from the South having embezzled over $ 4 billion since 2012 – the year after independence.

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